That sweet smell of holiday treats that fill every house during the holiday season; a smell associated with Christmas! Cali Holeman, a 7th grader states, “My favorite holiday dessert is probably gingerbread cookies. It’s not because of the taste, even though they are still so delicious. I just love them because you can do so many different things with them.” Katie Dewey, an 8th grader states, “My favorite holiday dessert is pie because you can have whipped cream with it and you can’t go wrong with pie.” Here are a few ideas of holiday desserts, that would be a great activity over Christmas break!
For more details, go to- https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_gingerbread_house/
Make gingerbread dough
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight. Another option is to make it up to 3 days ahead of time if wanted. Let dough sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before rolling out.
Use stiff pieces of paper/cardboard and cut out the pattern shapes desired for the gingerbread house look.
Preheat oven to 350°F, then roll out pieces of dough on a piece of parchment paper (with flour on it so the dough doesn’t stick)
Use cut out cardboard pattern pieces, and cut out the dough to make the shapes look like the cutout model
Bake in an oven set at 350°F, until the edges are just beginning to darken. The best times are 11-15 minutes for the large pieces, 6-8 minutes for the small pieces.
Make the royal icing (see link for instructions)
Construct the outside of the gingerbread house, using the icing to hold the gingerbread pieces together
For more details go to- https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/10402/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth. Then, beat in eggs and vanilla. Next, stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough on a flour-covered surface (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick layer). Cut dough into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Finally, bake cookies for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, let them cool completely.
For instructions on how to make the frosting, go to-